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If there's no government, who will stop people from creating one?

How does the doctrine(s) of anarchism address the following issue? If there's no government, no army, no central police, who will stop local charismatic leaders from taking over and creating their ...
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Are there any proposed systems of running the government like a corporation?

Has there ever been a legitimately proposed system whereby either the entire government or the executive branch of it was run the way a corporation is usually supposed to - more specifically, with set ...
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In the US how much power does the President have over the budget?

Let's say the president wants to either increase or decrease spending. He pledges to veto any budget that doesn't increase/decrease spending by X amount. How much impact would this actually have? How ...
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What did Reagan mean when he said: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.' "?

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989, famously said: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help....
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Have any countries that are currently in lockdown published a detailed long-term exit plan?

Currently almost every country around the world is in a state of lockdown. However all of them seem to be in a state of 'indefinite' lockdown, with no long-term plan published anywhere. Has any ...
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Why are South Korean content laws so strict?

I am from South Korea, and in my country, graphic content laws are extremely strict - so strictly enforced that the following events had happened: 19+ filter on Google and YouTube Government blocked ...
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How does direct democracy compare to representative democracy?

Back in the olden days of Greece, direct democracy was practiced. All citizens could vote directly on every issue decided by the state. This is significantly different to the representative ...
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Are there many liberal democracies that use "the more favorable criminal law" principle?

This question is somehow a followup of this one (split suggestion). At the end of January 2017, Romanian Government (executive branch) made several changes to Criminal Law using a Government Ordinance....
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What is the purpose of initiating the recent changes in the Russian Federation resulting in the "Russian Government Resigning"?

Recently (mid January 2020), there has been much press about the government of the Russian Federation "resigning". From what I understand, these changes were initiated by current Russian Federation ...
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Will government workers furloughed during the shutdown be paid later?

When the government of the United States of America reopens, will furloughed government workers be paid for the missed time?
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Are government ministers elected anywhere?

I am just curious if there is a country or any state entity in the world where government ministers (equivalent of US department secretaries) are actually elected vs being appointed by the president ...
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Is there a precedent for a governing party to start a motion of no confidence against itself?

Romania is currently in the interesting situation of its government having initiated a motion of no confidence against itself. Usually, such things are done by the opposition in order to get a chance ...
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Do politicians use bug trackers or version control etc.?

As a programmer I'm comfortable with using version control and bug trackers, but how do politicians keep track of "issues"? Do they have any digital tools which allow them to work together on the same ...
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Why do Americans vote on coroners, magistrates, school directors, and tax collectors?

A friend of mine posted on Facebook about her recent election in Pennsylvania. The results page showed a whole bunch of results that are really, really odd to me as an Australian: Justice of the ...
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What policy arguments do people make in favor of legalizing marijuana?

I am not asking why people want marijuana legal, I am asking what arguments people make that legalizing marijuana would be beneficial to a society?
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Why did political parties form in the United States?

In George Washington's "Farewell Address", the first President specifically warns about the dangers of political parties. He admits that people tend to naturally align in groups, but also warns that ...
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

In the USA, Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned by the government. What is the reason?
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How do leaders choose between lives and money?

Amid the current pandemic many governments imposed heavy social restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve and thereby save lives, and those restrictions take their toll on the economies. For ...
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In Communism, what happens to property rights?

Picking up on a question that was posted here, it said that in Communism a home that one built could be reapportioned to someone by the vote of a majority It seems to me that this isn't a fair ...
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How much does being a shadow minister affect your chances of becoming a real one?

In UK, when the government is formed by opposition party, what effect does having been a shadow minister before the party switch have on becoming a real one afterwards? I'm looking for one or more of ...
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Is there an active government that grants rights to the governed?

Does there exist a current model of government, actively practiced, based on the concept that rights are granted from the Government to the people? This would be a contrast of the model of government ...
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Are there any legal consequences for lying to/misleading the president of the US?

Recently, I've read an article on DefenceOne - an interview with James Jeffrey, US ambassador on Syria. “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had ...
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Can the British public request a General Election?

As some of you may know, as a result of the Panama Papers leak, David Cameron admitted that he profited from his father's Panama offshore trust. Among much confusion and anger, some members of the ...
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Is the public generally aware of lagged effects of economic policies?

New governments attributing to themselves economic success without paying any respect to lagged effects of economic policies of previous governments are probably as old as politics. (Exactly the same ...
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How does a person become stateless?

Despite international conventions with provisions against statelessness, how does a person lose their only citizenship, or be born without citizenship, today in this day? Is it possible? What are the ...
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Is there a country in which the parliamentary majority issued a no confidence vote against its own government soon after being confirmed? [duplicate]

According to this article, Romania faces a rather unusual situation - the parliamentary majority is attempting to impeach its own government: Romania's major ruling Social Democratic Party decided ...
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What is the real role of the queen in UK in these days? [duplicate]

What is the role in the government or social of this Queen in UK in these days?
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How to explain the difference between Federal, State and Local governments to a grade schooler?

I am homeschooling my 8 year old daughter and I am trying to teach her the basics of US government. One topic that I want to cover is the need to Federal, State and Local governments. I already ...
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What are the changes being made to the NSW ICAC (Independent commission against corruption)

There are some apparently controversial changes being made to ICAC(https://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/) in New South Wales there is more comment about the motivations than the substance what are the changes ...
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Is Samoa truly an elective monarchy?

I have read about how Samoa was created as an elective monarchy when it became independent in 1962. However, from what I read, some question whether Samoa counts as a parliamentary republic (as the ...
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Is separation of powers broken, if a government changes a law with irreversible effects?

At the end of January 2017, Romanian Government adopted an emergency ordinance late Tuesday to decriminalize official misconduct, dealing a blow to a yearslong drive to curb corruption in the ...
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Why is government usually divided in exactly three specific branches

In most countries, government is divided into legislative, executive and judicial branch. For what reasons is this division to prevalant? Why isn't government divided in some other way (e.g. there ...
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What is the Nunes Memo and what is preventing its release?

From what I've read (and please correct me if I'm wrong), Devin Nunes has created a memo that he wants to release but can't, for purposes that I do not know. What's in the memo is extremely important,...
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What sort of evidence exists that higher salaries for political offices attract better candidates?

Legislators sometimes raise their own pay while claiming that it helps them do a better job and attracts better candidates. Sometimes the pay raises are justified with seemingly scientific claims. ...
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Policy arguments against legalizing marijuana?

Polar opposite to this question - what popular arguments are made against legalizing marijuana and lifting the strict regulations on hemp? Especially when compared with other abused plants like ...
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What is the rationale for a government trying to block one of its citizens for becoming EU prosecutor?

Romania’s former head of the anti-corruption directorate DNA has significant chances of becoming European Prosecutor's Office. According to Wikipedia, an EU Prosecutor can investigate fraud across EU,...
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What is ISIS fighting for?

I can't find anything on the subject that isn't extremely biased in either direction... Can anyone give me a down to earth answer to what ISIS's ideology is, what exactly are they fighting for? They ...
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Is there any European country that managed to construct a coalition made out of more than five parties?

According to Wikipedia, Finland manages to systematically construct a large coalition government (five parties and even six). I am wondering if this is an isolated case in Europe or not. Question: Is ...
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Does the new Taliban government in Afghanistan still not recognize the Duran line? Do they propose any other well-defined border with Pakistan?

This answer to Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan? mentions the Duran line and the Afghanistan's government lack of ...
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What are the mandatory positions in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom?

I am writing a paper on various types of government structures and was trying to find out What are the mandatory positions in the cabinet of the United Kingdom. I know that every Prime minster has the ...
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The actual purview of Her Majesty The Queen's prerogative?

In keeping up to date on Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Special Advisor to Boris Johnson - UK Prime Minister - has stated that, in the event that a motion of no confidence has passed the House of Commons, ...
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Why can't the counties that support the proposed state of Jefferson appeal directly to the federal government for statehood?

Why can't the counties that support the proposed state of Jefferson appeal directly to the federal government for statehood? California and Oregon will never say yes despite nearly all the counties ...
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How would I find Ancestry/Ethnicity data by state on Census.gov?

I am trying to find out, on a state-by-state (city/county as well, if possible) basis, what the population makeup is based on ancestry/ethnicity (i.e. Polish). For example, "what percentage of ...
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Is it possible to create a single global government, economy and currency [closed]

I understand that this might be hard to answer but in a scenario where every action results in a positive outcome and everything needed gets the thumbs up and goes well (spoiler: this never happens) ...
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Was the pentagon a legitimate military target? [closed]

Since the pentagon and WTC had military offices wouldn't this make it a military target according to the applicable international treaties such as the Geneva conventions?
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Why has Rio Grande do Sul state (Brazil) never reelected its governor?

This question is created inspired in a comment at this related question: What state/country, given the right, refuses to reelect any previous governor/president by most consecutive time?
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Can an electoral college member vote twice for the same man?

In the electoral college, members vote for a president and vice president in order to get both positions. Could they just vote for the same man twice for president (thus giving up the vice presidency ...
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What is the operational chain (in details?) of transferring donations to the Palestinians?

I read that there is $5.4 billion in planned donations to the Palestinians to build the Gaza Strip. I guess that all the money is foreign, and will be transferred between banks and different systems. ...
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Have non-health government officials in Western countries (besides the US) publicly pushed for specific medications for Covid-19 contra PH officials?

There has been some level disagreement publicly aired in the US between Trump/Navarro and Fauci on the use of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19. The president and his allies, however, have continued to ...
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What would be a procedure (or legislative steps) that have to be taken for removing reservations for ST/SC/OBC in India?

Suppose that people of India (in future) wants to get rid of reservations for Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and Other Backwards Classes which collectively accounts to 49%. What are the ...
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